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Report: Facebook ramps up mobile ad network

Facebook is planning to launch a mobile ad network this month, Re/code reports.

News Scan: Facebook's mobile payments move; Wearables drive healthcare big data; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for April 16, including Facebook's expanding mobile payment presence in Ireland, just how much Western European healthcare providers are shelling out this year for clinical mobility, fitness wearables driving big data adoption by healthcare organizations, the strong performance by U.S. wireless carriers in Q4 and the predicted growth of the mobile education market.

Facebook's dodgy privacy record prompts FTC warning over WhatsApp buy

Facebook's dodgy privacy record has prompted the Federal Trade Commission to take the extraordinary step of warning the social media giant about its proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp.

FTC to Facebook: Stick to your promises after buying WhatsApp

If this is really an approval by the Federal Trade Commission of Facebook's pending acquisition of the messaging app maker, it did not come gift-wrapped.

Facebook join forces with other Web giants to tweak MySQL for large-scale use

Four Web companies have come together to add high-performance features to the open source MySQL database. For months now, engineers from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter are understood to have contributed code and provided feedback towards the WebScaleSQL project.

Facebook reveals its home-grown ThreatData framework

In a blog post this week, Facebook offered a look at its homegrown threat analysis tool, dubbed ThreatData.

Tech execs meet with White House over 'too slow' NSA reforms

Google's Eric Schmidt, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and several other top tech executives met with President Obama recently to discuss White House efforts to reform the National Security Agency's surveillance practices.

Facebook releases Hack programming language

Facebook on Thursday released a new open source programming language modelled after PHP, but with the rigorous safety controls typically found in more mature programming languages such as C++.

Report: NSA allegedly posed as Facebook to steal data

New documents have emerged that points to the U.S. National Security Agency impersonating Facebook servers to hack into and steal data from targeted computers. The process was depicted in a one minute "top secret" video that showed what is known as a man-on-the-side attack, one of several techniques used by the NSA to conduct its mass surveillance.

Spotlight: Android version of WhatsApp chat log vulnerable to hackers

The Android version of WhatsApp--the instant messaging firm being acquired by Facebook for $16 billion--has a security flaw that leaves chat histories open to theft and decryption by malicious apps installed on the same smartphone, warns an article in  Ars Technica.